Privacy guide to cloud computing

February 20th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Privacy Commissioner has published a guide for users of cloud computing. It’s a very useful resource.

Their checklist for small business is:

  1. Figure out which cloud services will work for you and what your current risk level is
  2. Know what information you’ll be sending to the cloud
  3. Recognise that the responsibility is ultimately yours
  4. Security – lock it down
  5. Check out your provider
  6. Know exactly what you’re signing up for
  7. Be as up front with your clients as you can
  8. Location – where will the information be?
  9.  Use and disclosure – who sees the information and what will it be used for
  10. Ability to exit, and deleting information

I just wish data caps were higher so I could backup my stuff to the cloud in real time.